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What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. During group therapy, sessions are facilitated in a safe and structured manner that allows members to interact with each other and share their problems and concerns.

The therapists foster an environment of mutual respect and support where members can gain a better understanding of themselves, learn skills and strategies to support themselves, and improve their interpersonal relationships.

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What are the benefits of group therapy for trauma?

The therapeutic value of the group lies in the space it creates for self-acceptance and self-discovery.

Group therapy for trauma offers numerous benefits. It can be:

  • effective in reducing PTSD symptoms;
  • effective in helping manage long-term effects of trauma;
  • a place survivors can access community, feel a sense of belonging, and reduce isolation;
  • a way to help members restore trust in others;
  • a way members can learn new ways of coping and self-care strategies;
  • a way to increase self-esteem;
  • help challenge myths that perpetuate shame and self-blame;
  • and more!

Why join a group?

Groups have long been considered an important tool for addressing the impacts of trauma. The group process can be a powerful experience for survivors of sexual abuse and helps to break down feelings of isolation and shame that some survivors will have been feeling for years. 

If you are struggling with the impacts of sexual violence, sharing your story with people who are experiencing similar struggles can be a bonding and healing experience. Group therapy can help you connect with others, learn new coping skills, and help you find your voice again.

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Current groups at CRCC


‘Discoveries’ is a semi-structured support and psychoeducation group program for women aged 18+ who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The focus of the group is on the impacts and effects of the abuse, and ways of coping. Some of the topics discussed include trust, self-blame, and building relationships. The program runs for 8 consecutive weeks and participation is free of charge. 

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for our next group starting in May 2024.

Our next Discoveries group is scheduled to start on 8th May. It will run for 8 consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. 

Important notes:

A successful pre-group interview is required prior to admission into the program.

Registration is on a first come first served basis, and a waiting list will be established for future groups.

If you are interested in the group program but your availability is preventing you from attending, please register your interest with us anyway. We are accepting expressions of interest future groups as well (including daytime options).

For more information and to register your interest please contact us on 02 6247 2525, or complete the contact form below, and a member of our team will reach out to you.

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